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Overview the major environmental health concerns associated with the Maui Wildfires.

This presentation will focus on chemical contaminants and heavy metals that may be present in various environmental media (e.g., water, soil, ash) as a result of the fires. Known health risks associated with contaminants that may be in the environment, and, where data are available, symptoms that may indicate toxicity among people with high levels of contaminant exposure will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives: By attending this training, participants will gain understandings to:

  1. Routes of exposure to contaminants resulting from wildfires and vulnerable populations;
  2. Chemical contaminants of concern;
  3. Health effects of chemical contaminants;
  4. Tips for avoiding chemical exposure.

Presented by Catherine Pirkle, Ph.D. and Rosana Weldon, Ph.D., M.P.H. of the Office of Public Health Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Ola Hawaiʻi, a program at the John A. Burns School of Medicine and is supported by grant number U54MD007601 from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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